The JXN Project, also known as JXN, is a research-based reparative historic preservation non-profit organization that is dedicated to driving restorative truth telling and redemptive storytelling by capturing the pivotal role of Richmond, Virginia, in particular Jackson Ward, and recontextualizing its origin story as the nation’s first historically registered Black urban neighborhood — which is an often under-told narrative in the evolution of the Black American experience.
On September 10, 2021, in honor of Giles. B. Jackson's birthday and as part of its year-long sesquicentennial celebration of Jackson Ward, The JXN Project partnered with Give Black Richmond to pledge a one-time philanthropic donation of $50,000 to support local institutions and|or initiatives that are rooted in and|or have a direct impact across the historic and|or historical footprint of Jackson Ward. This donation includes $1,000 donations to several grassroots entities and $5,000 grants to a handful of community organizations that will help to further expand the reach and impact of the donation across the ward — to include the Historic Jackson Ward Association, Virginia Union University, Richmond Black Restaurant Experience, and Jackson Ward Collective. Also, this includes a $10,000 donation to "The Adele Johnson Fund: Supporting Untold Stories" at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. JXN fully recognizes that there is an array of work being done across the ward and we're hopeful that we've captured a representative sample of that work.
The JXN Project had the pleasure of briefing U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on our proposal to pay homage to the project’s anchoring ancestor — Abraham Peyton Skipwith who we consider to be the founding father of Jackson Ward as its first known Black homeowner — by reestablishing his cottage that was built in 1793 but then displaced in 1958 by the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike back in its rightful home in Jackson Ward. Please stay tuned for the official launch of our homecoming campaign at the top of the new year!
Photo Credit | U.S. Department of Transportation
The JXN Project is proud to announce its receipt of VMFA's 2022 RVA Community Makers Award — led by Hamilton Glass with photography by Sandra Sellars. The project shares this year's honor with other cultural luminaries such as S. Ross Browne, James A. Gordon III, Dr. Julian Maxwell Hayter, Valerie Cassel Oliver, and Michael Paul Williams.
Video and Photo Credit | VMFA and Sandra Sellars
The JXN Project is proud to announce its receipt of The Valentine Museum's 's 2022 Richmond History Makers Award for "Advancing Our Quality Of Life" — which is presented in partnership with the Community Foundation and Dominion Energy. The project shares this year's honor with other community advocates such as Francis Thompson of JLL, Sheba Williams of Nolef Turns, Jocelyn Marencik of Got Tec Richmond, Rudene Hayes of Facts and Faith Fridays, Innovate Fulton, and Senior Connections.
Video and Photo Credit | Valentine and Jonah Hodari
The JXN Project is proud to announce its receipt of Historic Richmond's 2021 Golden Hammer Award for "Best Placemaking." The project joins the company of past winners such as Kehinde Wiley's "Rumors of War" at the VMFA, "History Is Illuminating", American Civil War Museum, Maggie Lena Walker Memorial Plaza, and The Garden at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Photo Credit | Magali deVulpillieres
The JXN Project congratulates its partner Michael Paul Williams and Richmond Times-Dispatch on winning the Pulitzer Prize on Distinguished Commentary for "penetrating and historically insightful columns that guided Richmond, a former capital of the confederacy, through the painful and complicated process of dismantling the city's monuments to white supremacy."
Photos Courtesy of National Park Service Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Library of Congress, Library of Virginia, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Virginia Humanities, Valentine Museum, and Richmond Times-Dispatch
The JXN Project [86-3846854] is a tax-exempt 501[c] organization and contributions to JXN are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.